Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta And Palembang: India’s Neeraj Chopra won gold in men’s javelin throw event in the ongoing Asian Games 2018. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem came third in the same event, but what conquered hearts was the two javelin throwers doing a head touch gesture and handshake at the podium that stole the show. The gesture not only epitomised sportsmanship but also showed that despite diplomatic tensions between the two nations, it is sports that unites them.
Ace Indian tennis player Sania Mirza took to Twitter to applaud the two athletes and in her post, she also highlighted the power of sports. Her post read, “Why I always say SPORT is the best ‘education’ you can provide your child with! Teaches you sportsmanship, equality, respect and most importantly humanity! If only some people can learn this from our champion athletes too!! Well done to @Neeraj_chopra1 on the gold for India.”
It was not only Sania who applauded the gesture but Pakistan cricketer Hasan Ali did the same. His post on Twitter read, “sportsmanship, equality, respect and most importantly humanity well done both of you for lovely msg sports always best.” His post has already garnered 2000+ likes.
Meanwhile, Neeraj Chopra, who bagged the gold also broke the national record in the process. Neeraj Chopra’s staggering 88.06-metre was a new national record.
India has won 50 medals at the Asian Games till now, including nine golds, 19 silvers and 22 bronzes and is ranked eighth in the overall table. Pakistan has won three bronzes till now.